Emmy and Peabody Award winner for his work on “The Daily Show w/Jon Stewart”, Paul Mecurio has appeared in his own Comedy Central Special, on “The Late,Late Show”, “Conan O’brien”, “The Tonight Show” and is a regular commentator/satirist and host on CNN, Fox News, ESPN, MSNBC. Paul is a Graduate of Georgetown Law School with high honors and previously was a Wall Street Lawyer and Investment banker at a top tier international law firm (Willkie Farr & Gallagher) and Investment Bank (Credit Suisse). While working there, he executed multi-billion dollar M&A transactions for Fortune 100 companies. After being hired by Jay Leno to write jokes for “The Tonight Show”, and living a secret double life as a Wall Street lawyer/banker by day and comedian by night, Paul left Wall Street to be a comedian. With 3 television shows in development and a national presence as a talk show host and guest and comedian, Paul definitely made the right decision!
Her latest book Journey of Healing: One woman’s path to healing self and others is available now
Kathy Gruver, PhD is an award-winning author and the host of the national TV show based on her first book, The Alternative Medicine Cabinet (winner Beverly Hills Book Awards). She has earned her PhD in Natural Health and has authored five books in all with two books on stress: Body/Mind Therapies for the Bodyworker and, Conquer Your Stress with Mind/Body Techniques (Winner Indie Excellence Awards, Beverly Hills Book Awards, Global E-book Awards, Irwin Awards, Finalist for the USA Best Books Award). Her latest book, Journey of Healing was just released. She has studied mind/body medicine at the famed Benson-Henry Institute for Mind-Body Medicine at Harvard Medical School and pursued further education at The National Institutes of Health. Gruver has been featured as an expert in numerous publications including Glamour, Fitness, Time, More, Women, Wall Street Journal, CNN, WebMD, Prevention, Huffington Post, Yahoo.com, Ladies Home Journal, First, Women, Massage and Bodywork magazine, and Massage Magazine. She has written dozens of health and wellness articles and contributing posts. Dr. Gruver has appeared as a guest expert on over 250 radio and TV shows including NPR, SkyNews London, Morning Blend in Las Vegas, CBS Radio, and Lifetime Television, and has done over 200 educational lectures around the country for everyone from nurses in the Middle East to 911 dispatchers in New Orleans, corporations around the US and teachers in her own backyard. She is currently working a project for the military to create and institute a stress reduction program. For fun and stress relief Dr. Gruver does flying trapeze and hip hop dance.11:15AM (PST) – Derek Lin, author of “The Tao of Happiness: Stories from Chuang Tzu for Your Spiritual Journey”
Derek Lin is the award-winning author of The Tao of Daily Life, The Tao of Success, and The Tao of Joy Every Day. He was born in Taiwan and grew up with native fluency in both Chinese and English. This background lets him convey Eastern teachings to Western readers in a way that is clear, simple, and authentic. Lin has utilized his linguistic skills to create a Tao Te Ching translation that has been lauded by critics as setting a new standard for accuracy and faithfully capturing the lyrical beauty of the original. He is an active speaker and educator on the Tao Te Ching and the Tao in general.11:30AM (PST) – Lori Depp, Celeb Make-up Artist (Holiday party make-up tips)
Lori Depp‘s three favorite things are music, movies, and make-up!
When she was about eight years old, she started to cut the hair off her dolls and draw make-up on them with pens. This really pissed her mother off because they were fairly poor, and the dolls were a luxury. By the time she was eleven, she was drawing eyes on pieces of paper with eyeliner and eye shadow, the lips she drew were drawn with lipstick, and the cheeks were rouge. Lori was thirteen when she walked into a small make-up boutique on Collins Avenue, in Miami Beach. The sales lady did her make up… THAT’S when she learned the difference between enhancing your features as opposed to exaggerating them.
At fourteen, her biggest influences were musicians, groupies, models, drag queens, and actors and actresses. Lori had David Bowie and his remarkable chameleon-ship to thank for pointing her in a direction that allowed her to explore a less traditional future. Most of the kids she knew in school were going to become Doctors or Lawyers. At sixteen she had rainbow streaks in her hair, shaved off eyebrows, and a lot of unconventional articles of clothing that she wasn’t afraid to wear…in public. Lori was considered a freak among her peers, but the ability to be creative was more important to her than fitting in. In the late 70’s, when she was nineteen, Lori moved to New York City. There, she was surrounded by some really talented, (and not so talented) inspiring people; people that pushed the envelope and aspired to do EVERYTHING out of the ordinary. She lived at The Chelsea Hotel during the “infamous Sid and Nancy days”. It was a mecca of diversity and artistry. It was, to say the least, epically educational.
Prior to becoming a professional make-up artist, Lori’s real passion was the music business. In the 1980’s, when she was just about twenty one, she moved to Los Angeles where she had a lot of friends in the music industry. They were able to open doors to the possibilities of realizing her dream and to take what she learned to the next level. Her ultimate goal in life was to become a record producer, but as fate would have it a target shooting mishap left Lori partially deaf in her left ear and it was painfully clear that any chance of fulfilling that dream was over. Lori was lucky enough to have something that she loved to fall back on, once the music business endeavor didn’t work out. For her, doing make-up was equal (in a creative sense) to making records. It was something artistic, something she was good at, and less difficult because women were much more welcomed in this industry.
Her career as a professional make-up artist began with the help of very good (and greatly talented) friends, Adam Ant and Christina Applegate. Thanks to them, Lori was able to move quickly from amateur to professional. Christina (Applegate) gave her very first professional make-up kit, as well as giving her first jobs within the Television community. Adam (Ant) gave her the opportunity to work on her very first film and her first play. He also introduced Lori to the up and coming photographers, who then put their subjects in her hands. Without these wonderful, talented people, she would not have had the long list of clients or jobs that she has been fortunate enough to have.
From films, TV, Videos, and Print work, to Fashion shows, Red Carpet events, and Awards shows, Lori had so many amazing experiences as a make-up artist, and she continues to learn something new every time she works… ever changing, ever challenging. Lori is happy to say that she still loves it!